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Why is my ankle black and blue?
If your ankle is black and blue, it is a sign that damage has occurred to the soft tissues (i.e., muscle, tendon, skin, fat) in your ankle. The black and blue appearance of your ankle occurs because tiny blood vessels within the soft tissues (called capillaries) have been torn. When these tiny vessels are damaged, blood is allowed to escape the vessels and leak into the tissue. This black and blue appearance (a.k.a., bruising) can linger for several days, but will usually go away on its own. The bruising may change colors over several days because of chemical processes that are happening in the area. There is no need for concern regarding the changing color of a bruise.
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What is an inversion ankle sprain?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
An inversion ankle sprain, the most common type of ankle sprain, occurs when the lateral or outside ankle ligaments are stretched. This injury can occur in practically any situation from landing on an opponent's foot during a basketball game to merely stepping off a curb. Either of these situations can cause the foot to roll onto the outside of the ankle and stress the ligaments. Common symptoms include pain in the outer part of the ankle, swelling, ecchymosis (bruising), tenderness, and decreased range of motion.
What is a surgery for an Achilles tendon tear?
There are two types of surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon:
- In open surgery, the surgeon makes a single large incision in the back of the leg.
- In percutaneous surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions rather than one large incision.
In both types of surgery, the surgeon sews the tendon back together through the incision(s). Surgery may be delayed for about a week after the rupture, to let the swelling go down.
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